Reporter’s Files: Venezuela

Border ranchers fend off Colombian guerrillas

On Venezuela’s border with Colombia, ranchers struggled to deal with guerrillas extorting a “war tax” or protection payments to avoid being kidnapped. Ranchers could only visit their properties with a National Guard escort. I did this report for Business Week.



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Christina Hoag

Journalist, novelist, world traveller. Author of novels Law of the Jungle, Skin of Tattoos and Girl on the Brink. Ex Latin America foreign correspondent.